New speakers will be added as they are confirmed.


Vinayak Bharne
Director of Design, Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists
Vinayak Bharne is Director of Design at Moule & Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists in Pasadena, California, were he has led many of the firm’s award-winning commissions, most recently the downtown revitalization in Lancaster, CA, that won the 2013 United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Award for Smart Growth Overall Achievement. He is a joint adjunct professor of urbanism at the Price School of Public Policy and the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California where he formerly held the Presidential Fellowship at the USC Marshall School of Business. He is the editor of "The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities & Urbanisms,” a 24-chapter volume on the phenomenological forces shaping Asian cities, and author of two books – “Zen Spaces & Neon Places: Reflections on Japanese Architecture and Urbanism” and “Rediscovering the Hindu Temple: The Sacred Architecture & Urbanism of India”. He currently serves as Executive Editor of the quarterly “My Liveable City” in Mumbai, India, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architecture & Urbanism in London, UK.

Hazel Borys
Managing Principal, PlaceMakers
Hazel Borys is Managing Principal and President of PlaceMakers, an urban design, coding, and place-based marketing firm located throughout the US and Western Canada. She guides governments through land use law reforms — allowing walkable, mixed-use, compact, resilient places to develop by-right — and helps developers get things built under the increasingly prevalent form-based codes of the new economy. Hazel is an electrical engineer with an MBA. She is the organizer of the Placemaking@Work webinar education series and the SmartCode Workshop, board member of the Transect Codes Council, coauthor of the Codes Study, and blogger on PlaceShakers.

Stephanie Bothwell, ASLA
Principal, Urban & Landscape Design
Stephanie Bothwell is the principal of Urban and Landscape Design, located in Washington, DC. Her practice focuses on the creation of sustainable, beautiful, and healthy landscapes such as the Long Beach, Mississippi Post Katrina Conceptual Plan Development. Recently, she has designed civic spaces as Consulting Town Landscape Architect for the new town of East Beach in Norfolk, Virginia, a brownfield redevelopment site; the neglected Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC; and consulted on policy and programs addressing the relationship between housing, open space and transportation.

Dan Burden
Director of Innovation and Inspiration, Blue Zones
Dan is the newly-appointed Director of Inspiration and Innovation at Blue Zones. In May 2014, the White House recognized Burden as one of the top ten Champions of Change in Transportation, also named by TIME magazine as “one of the six most important civic innovators in the world,” and his peers at Planetzian list him as one of the 100 most significant urban thinkers of all time. Dan has relentless energy and has personally helped 3500 communities throughout the world make their means of transportation healthier, more active and affordable. Many of Dan’s streets designs and town centers are now celebrated in numerous publications and books and, of course, everyday by the millions of feet utilizing his designs.


Peter Calthorpe
Principal, Calthorpe Associates
Peter Calthorpe has been named one of 25 “innovators on the cutting edge” by Newsweek Magazine for his work redefining the models of urban and suburban growth in America. In the 1986 he, along with Sim Van der Ryn, published Sustainable Communities, a book that inspired several generations of new thinking in environmental design and helped launch ‘sustainability’ as a defining goal of many ecological efforts. In the early 90’s he developed the concept of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) highlighted in The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream. Around the same time he became a founder of the Congress for New Urbanism and was its first board president. In 2001 he published The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl with Bill Fulton, explaining how regional-scale planning and design can integrate urban revitalization and suburban renewal into a coherent vision of metropolitan growth. His seminal regional plans for Portland, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and post-hurricane Southern Louisiana created a more interactive approach to environmental design at the metropolitan scale. His upcoming book Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change documents new work and analysis relating patterns of development to energy and carbon consumption, along with other environmental, social and economic impacts. Recently he led a groundbreaking state-wide urban design effort, Vision California, to inform the implementation of the state’s Climate Change legislation. He has taught at U.C. Berkeley, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and the University of North Carolina. Over the years he has received numerous honors and awards, including appointment to the President’s Council for Sustainable Development. During the Clinton presidency, Mr. Calthorpe provided direction for HUD’s Empowerment Zone and Consolidated Planning Programs as well as the Hope VI program to rebuild some of the country’s worst public housing projects. In recognition of this broad body of work, he was awarded ULI’s prestigious “J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development” in 2006.

Ross Chapin
Principal, Ross Chapin Architects
Ross Chapin, FAIA, is an architect, neighborhood planner and author based near Seattle, WA. He is a passionate advocate for pocket neighborhoods, a term he coined for small groupings of households around shared commons, which he sees as building blocks for vibrant and resilient communities. Since 1997, Ross has designed and partnered in developing seven pocket neighborhoods and has designed dozens of communities for developers across North America, many of which have received international media coverage, professional peer review and national design awards. Ross’s work and ideas have been featured in more than 40 books and in numerous publications including the New York Times, USA Today, AARP Bulletin, Forbes, Planning Magazine, Architectural Record and Professional Builder. Ross’s own book, Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World, has been widely read, shifting the thinking of homebuyers, architects, developers and policy makers.


James Dougherty
Director of Design, Dover, Kohl & Partners Planning
James Dougherty, AICP, CNU, ASAI is the Director of Design at Dover, Kohl & Partners, in Coral Gables, Florida. James has dedicated his career to helping communities envision and implement a more walkable, sustainable future. He began working with Dover-Kohl in 1996 and has since participated in over 120 design and form-based coding charrettes in the United States and abroad. He participates in all aspects of the office's work, including public involvement, development of master plans, regulating plans and form-based codes. James works closely with the firm’s Principals, Project Directors and Urban Designers to establish the design direction of each of the office’s projects. He also specializes in the creation of three-dimensional illustrations, using a blend of hand-drawn and computer techniques. James’ graphics and visualizations illustrating sustainable urban design and form-based code principles have been published in over a dozen books. James was honored with CNU Florida's 2012 Charles A. Barrett Memorial Award for Continuing Excellence in Architecture and Urban Design. James is a member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators and has been honored with Awards of Excellence in their Architecture in Perspective 24 & 25 jury competitions.

Andrés Duany
Principal, DPZ Partners
Andrés Duany is a founding principal at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ). DPZ is widely recognized as a leader of the New Urbanism, an international movement that seeks to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment. In the years since the firm first received recognition for the design of Seaside, Florida, in 1980, DPZ has completed designs for close to 300 new towns, regional plans, and community revitalization projects. This work has exerted a significant influence on the practice and direction of urban planning and development in the United States and abroad.


Norman W. Garrick
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut
Norman Garrick is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Garrick is also a member of the national board of The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), trustee of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and co-chair of CNU’s Transportation Task Force. He specializes in the planning and design of urban transportation systems, including transit, streets and highways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities, especially as they relate to sustainability, placemaking, and urban revitalization. His writings on sustainable transportation and urban planning, street and street network design, and parking policies have been widely disseminated both to an academic audience and to the wider public through the press, radio, and TV. He is a 2008 recipient of the Transportation Research Board’s Wootan Award for Best Paper in policy and organization. In addition to his academic and research career, Dr. Garrick has worked as transportation consultant on a number of design charrettes, nationally and internationally, including urban revitalization projects with the Prince of Wales Foundation in Kingston, Jamaica and Freetown, Sierra Leone. In 2004, he was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Kingston, Jamaica where he studied the evolution of the urban form, the transit system and the state of motorization in the Kingston metropolitan region.

Robert Gibbs
President, Gibbs Planning Group
Robert Gibbs is a nationally recognized urban retail planning consultant who has worked with some of the most respected mayors, architects and real estate developers in America. Profiled in the Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Urban Land Institute, and the Wall Street Journal, Gibbs is said to have “an urban planning sensibility unlike anything possessed by the urban planners who usually design downtown renewal efforts.” In 2012, Gibbs was honored by the Clinton Presidential Library for his life’s contributions in urban planning and development and by the City of Auckland, New Zealand in 2011.


Susan Henderson, AIA, LEED AP, CNU-A
Principal, PlaceMakers LLC
As PlaceMakers' Director of Coding and Design, Susan has led numerous Form-Based Code projects including the inaugural Driehaus Form Based Code Award winner, Leander, Texas – plus numerous adoptions across North America. Susan is a LEED Accredited Professional, and brings an expertise in sustainability to form-based code writing. She is a contributor to the SmartCode & Manual as well as author of the SmartCode Landscape Module. Susan serves as a board member on the Transect Codes Council and is a member of the Form-Based Codes Institute’s Resource Council.

Jennifer Hurley, AICP, NJPP, CNU-A
President & CEO, Hurley-Franks & Associates
Jennifer specializes in group facilitation and mediation with respect to the built environment. Jennifer wrote one of the first articles chronicling the implementation of New Urbanist zoning codes, has worked on the development of several form-based codes, and is a regular speaker with the SmartCode Workshop. Jennifer was the lead writer for the Affordable Housing Policy Guide SmartCode module and is working on a module for SmartCode Administration. She is certified as a charrette planner by the National Charrette Institute and is a past Fellow of the Knight Program in Community Building at the University of Miami School of Architecture. In recent years, Jennifer has worked to introduce new urbanists to techniques from the field of large group collaboration, including Open Space Technology, Asset Mapping, and World Café Dialogue.


Doug S. Kelbaugh, FAIA
Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Douglas S. Kelbaugh, FAIA, professor, and former Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, received a B.A. Magna Cum Laude and M.Arch from Princeton University. From 1977 to 1985 he was principal in Kelbaugh+Lee, which won 15 design awards and competitions. He then served as Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was principal in Kelbaugh, Calthorpe and Associates. He was editor of The Pedestrian Pocket Book in 1989 (which helped jumpstart TOD), The Michigan Debates on Urbanism in 2005, and Writing Urbanism in 2008, and is the author of Common Place: Toward Neighborhood and Regional Design, and Repairing the American Metropolis: Beyond Common Place. Doug is the winner of the 2016 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, the highest award in the field given by the AIA and ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture). He recently served as Executive Director of Design and Planning for a Dubai development company with an international portfolio of mixed use, walkable and TOD projects.

Marina Khoury
Partner, DPZ Partners
Marina Khoury is an expert in sustainable urbanism, TND's and form-based codes and speaks on issues related to creating affordable, sustainable, walkable communities. A licensed architect, she is a Partner at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company (DPZ) and the Director of Town Planning who leads the metro Washington D.C. office. Khoury manages new towns, new codes and urban redevelopment plans in the United States, Canada, Middle East and Europe. She was the DPZ project director for Miami 21, the comprehensive rewriting of the City of Miami's zoning code into the largest-known application of a form-based code.

Grace Kim
Founding Principal, Schemata Workshop
Grace Kim is a founding principal of Schemata Workshop and has been practicing architecture in Chicago and Seattle for more than 20 years. Grace is a consensus builder, helping her clients and project stakeholders envision how a completed project will be experienced. She is a compassionate listener and sensitive designer, paying attention to both the present and future needs of her clients. Grace is the author of The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development, and in 2008, she was recipient of the National AIA Young Architect Award. For four years, Grace served on the board of the Cohousing Association of the US. She is also a founding member of Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing. Grace is currently a commissioner of the Seattle Planning Commission and serves on the board for the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce. Grace is frequently asked to present at national conferences on the topics of mentorship, Cohousing, and alternative housing models for seniors and those with disabilities.


Matthew Lambert
Partner, DPZ Partners
Matthew, a planner and architectural designer, is a partner, senior project manager, and director of technology with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. With more than ten years of practice, he has broad experience in planning and urban design as well as architectural design at all scales from regional planning and coding to infill and affordable housing. Matt is a graduate of the University of Miami with a dual major in Architecture and Computer Science.

Todd Litman
Founder & Executive Director, Victoria Transport Policy Institute
Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation methods, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis.

Wayne London
Senior Architect / Principal, Populous

Wayne London is a project manager at Populous with more than 40 years of architectural experience in the greater Kansas City community. Prior to joining Populous, Wayne’s experience included a diverse background in housing, commercial developments and collegiate projects. During his 19 years with that firm, he played an active role in projects at William Jewell College, Rockhurst University and Longview Community College. At Populous, Wayne has served as project manager on many professional and collegiate sports facilities.


Paul Moore, PE
Principal, Nelson\Nygaard
Paul Moore is an expert in managing major urban design, land use, and transportation planning and engineering projects. Paul has 25 years of experience in developing major transportation and transit planning projects, small area planning and redevelopment studies, and livable transportation solutions. Paul specializes in working with communities that want to use transportation spending as a tool to make broad community improvements. Throughout his career, Paul has led engaging and meaningful public involvement processes as an integral part of his technical work. He builds strong relationships with local leaders who have become champions for positive change in their communities. Paul has managed many ground-breaking projects including major, citywide transportation plans for Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Louisville, and Omaha, among many others.


Daniel Parolek, AIA
Principal, Opticos Design, Inc.
Daniel is an architect and urbanist who has worked with cities and towns of all sizes around the world to create vibrant, urban visions that reinforce the unique character of a place and that support local economies. A recent Next City article—titled “Will U.S. Cities Design Their Way Out of the Affordable Housing Crisis?”—referred to Daniel as “that guy” who coined the term Missing Middle Housing, which intelligently addresses housing issues in cities across the country. He is also at the forefront of rethinking the way we zone our communities to promote more compact, walkable, and vibrant places. In 2007, he co-authored the book Form-Based Codes and, in 2013, as part of a larger sustainable growth strategy in partnership with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, he wrote the first development code for Gabon, Africa. He serves as a board member for the Form-Based Codes Institute, an organization dedicated to reforming zoning to remove barriers for urban development, and for TransForm, which promotes walkable communities and transportation choices to connect people of all incomes to opportunity. His company, Opticos Design, is a founding B Corporation, a revolutionary new kind of business dedicated to economic, social, and environmental sustainability. His love of good urbanism springs from a childhood spent exploring the vibrant downtown of Columbus, Nebraska on his bike.

Neal Payton, AIA
Principal, Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.
Neal I. Payton, AIA, LEED-AP, is a Principal at Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc. where he created, opened and directs the West Coast office in Downtown Los Angeles. His efforts include urban design for the Los Angeles Metro’s Westside extension of the purple line, a.k.a., “the subway to the sea.” He is also working with the City of Santa Monica on a new Downtown Plan incorporating the terminus station of the new Expo Light Rail line. and the Wyvernwood Redevelopment, a 70-acre master plan in Boyle Heights. Outside of California he has recently completed a new Form-Based Code for the Kaka’ako redevelopment area in Honolulu. Before coming to California, he directed Torti Gallas’ Urban Design efforts in their Silver Spring, Maryland office. His work centered on Urban Design and Town Planning at a variety of scales including inner city revitalization, inner suburban infill and refill, transit oriented development in emerging development areas as well as regional plans for counties and metropolitan areas. Torti Gallas has been involved in numerous projects involving pedestrian friendly grocery stores, throughout the mid-Atlantic.

Shelley R. Poticha
Director, Urban Solutions, Urban Program, Natural Resource Defense Council
Shelley Poticha serves as the director of the Urban Solutions program, building NRDC’s work for better cities that support thriving people. Urban Solutions brings the place-based work of NRDC together into a coordinated strategy and includes promoting transportation choices through mobility options, scaling up building energy efficiency, model green and equitable neighborhoods, sustainable food systems, green infrastructure and climate preparedness. Urban Solutions is the culmination of NRDC’s thinking and work for sustainable communities since the organization adopted the area as an institutional priority.

Stephen G. Poulakos
Director of Town Development, Seabrook Land Company
Stephen Poulakos has emerged as a specialist in the implementation of new resort town villages based upon principles of new urbanism & landscape design sensitivity. With a bachelor of landscape architecture from Auburn University, he has provided landscape design, development and construction supervision for several private estates, the Relais & Chateau Tennessee mountain resort of Blackberry Farm, Draper Lake Coastal Village & most notably, Seaside, Florida's sister community, Rosemary Beach, Florida where he served for 6 years as Assistant Design Director & Design Review Committee member. Currently, Stephen serves as the Director of Town Development for Seabrook, Washington, a new beach town located on the Pacific Northwest's historic Olympic Peninsula. After joining Seabrook's town planner, Laurence Qamar, and Casey Roloff, Town Founder, in 2004, Stephen brought his practical "on-the-ground" experience from Rosemary Beach and other NW Florida villages to ensure that Seabrook takes its own place in the ranks of America's regionally-inspired authentic beach towns based upon context sensitive design principles. Committed to eco-sensitive design, material reclamation, land stewardship, and open-space preservation, he has helped guide the town's vision by serving as the architectural review board chair, a WA State Scenic Byway steering committee member, and most importantly lead designer of numerous neighborhood parks & community amenities that include a National Park-inspired signage program and design of the 2010 COASTAL LIVING Magazine -'Ultimate Beach House' landscape. Seabrook, like many similar new urban resort towns, has already begun to positively impact an already emerging stretch of the Pacific NW coast as a place to emulate, inspire, and to visit.

Linda Pruitt
President, The Cottage Company
Linda Pruitt, Co-founder of the Cottage Company, has had a lengthy career in consumer product development, and marketing that spans more than 20 years with national firms including Federated Department Stores, drugstore.com, and Anderson Consulting. Born to a Central Illinois farm family, Linda's no stranger to a construction site, playing an active role through all steps of new community design, development and construction. Linda contributes her expertise with city planning and community leadership groups as a resource for new housing choices, green building, and sustainable development. Linda was awarded a B.S. in Business Administration from International University a M.B.A. from the University of Washington, serves as a member of the Cascade Land Conservancy Cascade Agenda Cities Advisory Board and as an Executive Committee member of the Northwest Architectural League/ARCADE.


Laurence Qamar, AIA, CNU-A
Principal, Laurence Qamar Architecture & Town Planning Co.
Laurence Qamar is a Town Planner, Urban Designer, and Architect with 24 years of professional experience consulting for private developers and public jurisdictions throughout the United States. Laurence’s particular expertise in New Urbanism, and Sustainable Urbanism has led the design and implementation of project for: main street and urban revitalization, urban mixed-use building design, neighborhood housing infill, new neighborhood development, pedestrian/transit oriented planning, suburban redevelopment, sustainable planning, urban / architectural graphic design standards, and housing design. Laurence is committed to working in multi-disciplinary design teams that unite the interests and expertise of market analysts, transportation planners, developers, governments, and citizens. Though an explorative and collaborative design process, he creates solutions to complex development and planning opportunities. Laurence has worked extensively as a design professional, facilitator, and organizer of over 50 public design Charrettes.


Terry Shook, FAIA
Founding Partner and Principal, Shook Kelley, Inc.
Charles Terry Shook, FAIA, is a founding partner and principal of Shook Kelley, a firm specializing in strategic consulting services, melding consumer psychographic analysis, branding, architecture, planning and communication design into one united practice. Mr. Shook focuses upon the creation of new communities, in both the suburbs and within urban cores, that reflect timeless patterns of building while responding to modern aspirations for a better life. As one of the nation's top experts in district planning and PlaceMarking, he has been recognized as a vanguard in the movement to return meaning to the urban environment.

Eli Spevak
Owner, Orange Splot LLC
Eli Spevak has been crafting affordable, community-oriented housing developments in Portland since he arrived in 1994 as a volunteer construction supervisor with Portland Habitat for Humanity. During his first decade in Portland, he managed the finance and construction of over 250 units of affordable housing through community-based non-profit organizations.  After taking a year off to work as a backcountry ranger, Eli launched a development and general contractor company, Orange Splot, LLC, with a mission to pioneer new models of community-oriented, affordable, green housing developments in Portland—ideally within an easy bike ride of his house. So far, Orange Splot has completed several small communities of homes and consulted on the development of projects large and small. Orange Splot projects have been featured in the New York Times, Sunset Magazine, NBC’s Today Show, and Portland’s annual Build It Green! tours.  For links to articles and more information about recent projects, please visit www.orangesplot.net. Eli is also active in the local small home movement.  In 2009, he convened an informal ‘tiny house society’ that in 2010 was instrumental in changing Portland’s regulations and fee structure for accessory dwelling units.  He led bike tours of tiny homes and ADUs as part of Pedalpalooza.  He co-founded the www.accessorydwellings.org website, led the creation of a model ADU code, and does local and national advocacy for regulatory changes that support discreet, affordable, and environmentally friendly housing options. As a volunteer, Eli worked with Dignity Village residents during their first two tumultuous years of existence, served on the board of the Portland Community Land Trust (now Proud Ground) for its first five years, is an active member of the Space-Efficient Housing Working group convened by Oregon DEQ, and regularly serves on planning and development-related advisory panels and focus groups for the City of Portland. Eli was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the 2013-2014 school year.  He regularly guest-teaches classes through Portland State University’s Urban Studies and Planning program, and is an adjunct instructor with PSU’s architecture program.  He completed a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and a Physics degree from Swarthmore College.


Samantha Thomas
Built Environment Manager, Blue Zones
Samantha is the Built Environment Manager, co-facilitating walkability with Dan Burden, active-living, safe routes to schools, and neighborhood traffic calming workshops. Working with the community, she develops community-led action plans spanning from Kauai, HI to Long Island, NY. She received her degree in Urban Design from the University of Minnesota. Samantha works to inspire residents and leaders alike to start any public project with an understanding of their shared values as the foundation for creating great public spaces. - See more at: https://www.bluezones.com/about/organization/our-team/#sthash.arbGA759.dpuf

John Torti
President, Torti Gallas & Partners, Inc.

As President of Torti Gallas and Partners, Mr. Torti has provided the strong conceptual leadership to bring his firm to international recognition. His firm has been the recipient of over 100 prestigious national design awards in the last 20 years.With offices in Washington, DC, Silver Spring, Los Angeles, and Istanbul, he and his partners have built a firm that understands the inextricable relationship between placemaking, architecture, and sustainability. 

Torti Gallas’ work achieves success for their clients and for the communities in which it is located.  Mr. Torti joined the firm he now leads in 1973. Under his leadership, Torti Gallas and Partners has focused its practice on Trans National Urbanism, transit-oriented development, mixed use,mixed-income architecture, and human sustainability.Prior to joining Torti Gallas and Partners, Mr. Torti worked with NASA and the National Capital Planning Commission.  He is a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Tortiis a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. In 2004, Mr. Torti became a LEED Accredited Professional.


Jerry Walters
Principal, Fehr & Peers
Jerry Walters is a principal with Fehr & Peers transportation consultancy, focused on policy, research, planning and design of multi-modal, new urbanist transportation for communities in the US and abroad. He led the studies Demographic Trends and the Future of Mobility and Effects of Next-Generation Vehicles on Travel Demand and Highway Capacity. Published work includes the Urban Land Institute’s Growing Cooler – the Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change.